Individualized Service Planning: Interventions and goals are tailored to each youth and family's unique needs, strengths and interests.
Cultural Competence: Staff demonstrate respect for and knowledge of different cultures and values in practice.
Partnership with Parents: The unit of intervention is the entire family. Families are co-designers of their own services and are invested in having the plan succeed (ACCESS, VOICE, and OWNERSHIP). Staff work with families in achieving their goals as opposed to doing things for them.
Focus on Strengths: Intervention and Service Plans build on youth, family and community strengths to address deficits and weaknesses.
Team Work: A team of professional and non-professional individuals who care about the youth and family work together in helping the family achieve their goals. YAP works with all team members to ensure that all team members contribute in a meaningful way to helping the family achieve their goals.
Community-Based Care: Supportive persons and associations are organized on behalf of the family from within the community. These are both formal (professional/system) and informal (natural) supports.
Unconditional Caring: Staff show consistent positive regard for families despite resistance or non-compliance. Staff maintain a "never give up" approach with all youth.
Giving Back: Staff identify with youth and families a way for them to contribute to their community through building upon their strengths and interests.
Corporate and Clinical Integrity: Staff maintain professional relationships with youth and families and other systems. Staff report accurate hours and maintain ethical practice.